October 29, 2014

 s2202nuyounltplsEducate A Bull is a non-profit rescue organization dedicated to saving dogs from euthanasia. The Buffalo-based organization rescues dogs from the surrounding New York area and from some high-kill shelters in southern states. They love, care for, nourish, treat, and fix the dogs before finding them a new forever home.

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Andy, Pit Bull Terrier

Educate A Bull is specifically dedicated to bully breeds, hoping to educate the public about their natures and inspire understanding and acceptance of the breeds. As well as finding homes for the dogs, they support bull owners through training and care and hope to show by example the true courage and loyalty of these often misunderstood dogs.

If you want to see the organization up close, this November 8th, they’re holding their annual Barksgiving – a giant fundraiser with auctions, food, and fun for all – including the pups!

Betsy L. raised $148.80 for her cause, Baltimore Clayworks!

baltimoreBaltimore Clayworks is a non-profit ceramic art center in Baltimore, Maryland.  They “exist to develop, sustain, and promote an artist-centered community that provides outstanding artistic, educational, and collaborative programs in ceramic arts.”  Baltimore Clayworks is involved in many different aspects of the art world: gallery, studio, public art, and outreach.  They hold art shows such as Looking at Ourselves, shown to the left.  Their community outreach programs range from partnering with Baltimore City Parks and Recreation, various schools, churches, and after-school programs, to offering classes at Tuerk House (a support center for recovering addicts).  Baltimore Clayworks also hosts Arc Baltimore, an organization that supports people with developmental disabilities.

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For her efforts, Betsy will receive a gift packet from Calendars.com valued at $227.81 that includes Teacups Thank You Notes and a Harvest Perpetual Calendar.

 

 

October 29, 2014

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nomorerack has turned browsing a discount rack online into a chance to give back to the community and donate to charity!  The discount store offers a Charity Deal program – with every Charity Deal purchase nomorerack will donate to that month’s non-profit organization.  Some of the causes they’ve helped in the past include Runway to Hope, a Florida charity that raises money for the fight against pediatric cancer, Family Giving Tree, an organization that supplies gifts and backpacks full of school supplies across California during the holidays, and The Rose, a non-profit dedicated to fighting breast cancer, along with many more.

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“Thank you nomorerack™ for your support of The Rose. Your generous of donation will truly make a difference in your community and we feel privileged you selected The Rose for your fundraising project.”

~Michelle Hanson
Manager, Special Events, The Rose

October 1, 2014

Twelve percent of teenagers in the United States today have undetected or untreated vision problems.  That’s a staggering number of children that are being negatively impacted by an easily treatable problem.  Tortoise & Blonde heard these statistics and decided they needed to help.  To do so, they collaborated with a non-profit called EyeCare 4 Kids.

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EyeCare 4 Kids is a non-profit that helps vision-impaired low-income children get the treatment they need to see clearly.  They serve over 200 kids per week, 10,400 kids a year, mostly in Utah and Nevada.  EyeCare 4 Kids is closely involved with education – providing families the knowledge necessary to keep their kids’ vision healthy and working.   Tortoise & Blonde has donated $230,000 worth of eyeglass frames and tailor-made lenses to EyeCare 4 Kids.  They are committed to lowering that shocking twelve percent statistic.

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October 1, 2014

Knots of Love is a non-profit organization that provides hand-made knitted and crocheted hats for those experiencing traumatic hair loss due to cancer or other life threatening illnesses.  Knots of Love’s goal is to “warm the hearts and heads” of patients in treatment centers and hospitals across the United States.

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Since 2007, Knots of Love has been donating hats, scarves, prayer shawls, PIC line covers, and neonatal blankets for premature newborns free of charge.  It is built on a network of volunteers who “tirelessly knit and crochet only the finest quality of caps”, using specially tested soft yarns to ensure optimum comfort for those who have lost their hair.

While it seems like a small thing, giving a hat to someone in need can brighten patients’ day-to-day lives and have a big impact.  As Christine Fabiani recounts, “I have seen the tears of joy when patients are handed a cap made from Knots of Love. It puts a smile on their faces and the wind in my sails.”

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Knots of Love founder Christine with the recipient of a Brand New Hat!

October 1, 2014

Martha F. raised $152.92 for her cause, Tibetan Mastiff Rescue, Inc.Tibetan Mastiff Rescue!

Tibetan Mastiff Rescue is the ONLY rescue organization in the US dedicated solely to helping rehabilitate and place Tibetan Mastiffs.  They rescue the mastiffs from all different situations, including pulling them directly from shelters.  They train, house, treat, and evaluate the mastiffs prior to placing them in a loving home.  At least 140 beautiful Tibetan Mastiffs have been placed in loving homes.

For her efforts, Martha will receive a gift package from podLogo-greenOnWhite-125x125The Body Shop worth $152 including products such as Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate  and Pink Grapefruit Hand Cream.

August 27, 2014

SmartWool is committed to staying true to their values and giving back to their community. They believe in “capitalism with a conscience” and that “actions speak louder than words.”

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SmartWool gives back through its SmartWool General Advocacy Fund.  SmartWool Advocacy was born out of the desire to give back to the communities of its employees and clients.  Exposure to the wilderness and outdoor education can greatly improve and enrich a person’s life.  Proceeds from SmartWool’s e-commerce outlet go towards non-profits such as these that help bring kids out into the wilderness.  Since 2005, SmartWool has given back to its communities to the tune of over a million dollars.

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August 27, 2014

Ryan J Clarke was a firefighter who died at age 30 due to a sudden cardiac arrest.  His mom and step dad, Mary and Jerry, founded the Ryan J Clarke CPR Fund for Schools in order to teach CPR and AED use to as many students as possible, in hopes that they could prevent similar deaths from occurring.  They are teaching children to save lives and as of this writing have reached 7959 students.

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The Ryan J Clarke CPR Fund for Schools also works to raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrest – the number one killer in the United States.  The more students they teach how to perform CPR, the fewer people may die by sudden cardiac arrest each year.

August 27, 2014

Video-promotional-photoSherie S. raised $197.40 for her cause, Pet Partners!

Pet Partners is a non-profit organization focused on improving human health and well-being through interactions with pets.  The core of the organization is focused on medical research – studying the many positive effects of human and animal interaction on people’s health.  Pet Partners also has an extensive  therapy animal program, training handlers and their animals to visit hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and many other facilities.  As they say, “People are healthier and happier because companion, service and therapy animals enrich and positively impact their everyday lives.”

For her efforts, Sherie will receive a $100 gift card from Dog.com.

July 29, 2014

Time for that Back to School shopping craze?  Why not make a difference and buy your books through Better World Books.  Better World Books is a company with a Triple Bottom Line – meaning they’re out for more than just profit.  They contribute to over eighty literacy partners including Room to Read, Books for Africa, Worldfund, and National Center for Families Learning.  Every time you buy a book (including textbooks!) from Better World Books, they donate a book to someone in need.

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Along with investing their resources in people, Better World Books invests in the planet by offsetting the carbon from shipping their books and rescuing and collecting thousands of tons of books, diverting them from landfills.  They have reused or recycled over 130 million books and reclaimed 900,000 pounds of metal shelving from libraries across America.better-world-books-logo